Kathrine Switzer, Boston Marathon Pioneer, Back 50 Years Later

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 19, 2017

A video of a veteran with a prosthetic leg carrying an American flag and a woman across the finish line during Monday's Boston Marathon has gone viral, racking up more than 5 million views in the past 24 hours.

"It was fantastic to look around and see so many women running and realize that 50 years ago there was only one", said Carlson. They ran 26.2 miles together three weeks before the race, and Switzer suggested they go five more - just to be sure.

In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to run with an official bib number in the Boston Marathon.

Fans crowded the brief ceremony, hugging and posing afterward for pictures with Switzer, a women's running pioneer. "We can make it happen through running".

But when the race started, the organising director ran onto the track to try and push her off.

"It was the worst thing in my life at the time. It was incredible", she told ABC News after the race. In 1967, Switzer made Boston Marathon history when she became the first woman to complete the race as a registered entrant.

Switzer said in an interview with CNN Monday that her organization aims to focus for the next 50 years on helping to empower women without opportunities. This was Rose's 16th marathon and the fourth time she has completed the Boston Marathon specifically. "We have come a light year, really", she said. During this year's Boston Marathon, however, he walked. The 70-year-old finished with a race time of 4:44:31 and an average mile of 10:51.

"Fifty years before, it was so freezing", she said.

"And I was just blindsided by this. I was not only pushed by that tailwind, but also buoyed by the crowd".

It's the last time the marathon will see a "261" bib cross the finish line.

"I expected victory since I had trained well for this race", said Kirui, who drew motivation from Kenyans who had won the race before like Korir, Geoffrey Mutai and Robert Cheruiyot. On Monday, Switzer hit the pavement wearing the same racing bib she wore during her 1967 run: 261. "I'm my own worst critic, but my critique document is still blank". The Portland, Ore. resident bettered the previous mark by almost four minutes in what was perhaps the performance of the day at the Boston Marathon.

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